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Greater Manchester (Community Relations)

Volume 83: debated on Friday 19 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the chief constable of Greater Manchester on the use of special branch officers of the Greater Manchester police to take part in community relations activities, and if he will make a statement on the substance of the report.

[pursuant to his reply, 16 July 1985, c. 72]: I am informed by the chief constable that the task of maintaining and developing good community relations is integrated into the work of all parts of his force, under the co-ordination of the force community relations branch. The position of special branch officers in this respect is no different from that of other members of the force. The chief constable further informs me that the work of his special branch is carried out within the terms of the Home Office guidelines on the work of a special branch, issued on 19 December 1984 and reproduced on pages (x) to (xiii) of the fourth report from the Home Affairs Select Committee (Session 1984–85).